Dominic Moore has been an important part of the New York Rangers' depth all season after he took 18 months away from the game to be with his ailing wife as she battled cancer. His comeback after losing wife Katie has been a source of inspiration for fellow NHLers and fans alike.
Though he has been an important piece for the Rangers all season, Moore is better known for his defensive play and not much of a producer, which is why what he did to start Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens will remain so memorable.
Moore showed that he has a little touch to go along with his stalwart defensive capabilities as he set up both of the Rangers' first two goals against the Habs.
Moore's first feed came after he skated into some space before catching Martin St. Louis all in front with a tap-to-tape backhand pass through traffic. It was an easy tap in for St. Louis, who is going through his own personal loss after the death of his mother last Thursday.
Not even two minutes later, Moore was at it again, sending a backhanded pass in tight space to Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. After Montreal netminder Carey Price poked the puck from McDonagh, it ended up right on the stick of Mats Zuccarello, who buried it to make it 2-0, giving Moore the secondary assist.
Here's what it sounded like in French.
Moore had just four points this postseason coming into the Eastern Conference finals. It took him 6:27 to notch two more in a huge Game 1 on the road at the very tough-to-play-in Bell Centre.
The comeback Moore has made this season is nothing short of remarkable. What a start to the series for the 33-year-old veteran.